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G7 summit: War of words erupts between US and key allies

A war of words has erupted between the US and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of a tense summit.

US President Donald Trump and two of his advisers lashed out at Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, accusing him of engaging in “bad faith diplomacy”.

Germany’s Angela Merkel said Mr Trump’s decision to reject a joint communique was “sobering” and “depressing”.

That statement had sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.

In recent weeks, trading partners of the US have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

So how did the latest spat unfold?
In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader reasserted his opposition to the US tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July.

“Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around,” he said.

Mr Trump responded by tweeting en route to his next summit, in Singapore, that he had instructed US officials “not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles”.

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau’s “false statements… and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies”.

His top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and trade adviser, Peter Navarro, then took to the Sunday morning news shows to further attack Mr Trudeau.

“He really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Mr Kudlow said, while Mr Navarro said: “There is a special place in Hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”

Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded by saying Mr Trump’s argument for imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium was “absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians”.

Mr Trump has cited national security as his reason, telling a news conference on Saturday that “to have a great military you need a great balance sheet”.

Canada, she said, is “the closest and strongest ally the United States has had. We can’t pose a security threat to the United States and I know that Americans understand that”.

Other G7 partners also seemed stunned by Mr Trump’s reaction, and pledged to support the communique.

French President Emmanuel Macron said international co-operation could not be “dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks”.

“Let’s be serious and worthy of our people,” a statement from the French presidency said. “We make commitments and keep to them.”

What is in the joint communique?
In the communique after the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec province, the group of major industrial nations – Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany – had agreed on the need for “free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade” and the importance of fighting protectionism.

Other agreements reached include:

Russia: A joint demand that Moscow “cease with its destabilising behaviour” and withdraw its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Iran: A pledge to “permanently” ensure Tehran’s nuclear programme remains peaceful
Climate: An agreement to disagree. The US refused to sign a pledge to implement the Paris climate change accord after Mr Trump announced the US would pull out of the agreement
Female education: To provide $2.9bn (£2.2bn; €2.5bn) to fund education for the world’s poorest girls and women
Mr Trump’s twitter attack on Mr Trudeau came minutes after the communique had been published.

What are the tariffs?
On 1 June, the US imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to US security.

The EU then announced retaliatory tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. Canada and Mexico are also taking action.

Italy’s Matteo Salvini shuts port to 629 rescued migrants

Italy’s new interior minister has refused permission for a rescue vessel to drop off more than 600 migrants picked up off Libya’s coast.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party, said Malta should take in the ship, the Aquarius, but his request was rejected.

The League had promised voters during recent elections that it would take a tough stance on immigration.

Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.

Mr Salvini said on Sunday Italy was saying “no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration”.

He also complained, on Facebook that: “Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons.”

The charity’s spokesperson, Mathilde Auvillain, said the ship had received orders to head north and was now awaiting “definitive instructions”.

“Our objective is the disembarkation in a port of safety of the 629 people now on board the Aquarius – some we rescued yesterday night in difficult conditions,” she was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Mr Salvini’s comments came after another dispute with Malta on Friday. He had accused the Maltese government of not doing its fair share when the Seefuchs rescue ship was stranded in volatile seas with 126 migrants on board.

Malta reportedly refused to send assistance to the vessel and it was allowed to dock in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on Saturday, the NGO Sea Watch reported.

“It is not possible for Malta to say ‘no’ to every request for help. The Good Lord put Malta closer than Sicily to Africa,” Mr Salvini remarked.

The Maltese government rejected Sea Watch’s criticism and said it adhered to all its obligations regarding immigration.

Last week, Mr Salvini said Rome should increase its deportations of migrants.

The hardline leader said the Italian government would open more deportation centres, make agreements with origin countries.

The Italian government also wants a relocation of asylum-seekers EU-wide – a scheme already rejected by some member states.

Mr Salvini says he is considering action against organisations rescuing migrants at sea. He has previously accused them of being in cahoots with people-smugglers.

The government’s critics say its plan to repatriate migrants is unworkable and risks fomenting racism and politicising a humanitarian issue.

A controversial deal between Italy’s former government and authorities in Libya has led to a drop in overall arrivals since last summer.

However, Italian officials say 13,500 migrants have been registered so far this year.

Amelia Brooke Harris: Woman charged with Trealaw murder

A woman has been charged with the murder of a four-year-old girl in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Amelia Brooke Harris was pronounced dead at an address in Trealaw on Friday night.

In a statement her family said she was “a fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl” who was “beautiful both inside and out”.

Carly Ann Harris, 37, from Trealaw, has been charged with her murder.

She will appear at Merthyr Magistrates Court on Monday.

Tributes, including soft toys and flowers have been left near the property.

Police have again warned people not to speculate on social media about the circumstances of the child’s death.

Norfolk pub puts up ‘grandstand’ for World Cup football fans

A pub landlord has put up his own “grandstand” for football fans to watch the World Cup.

Paul Sandford, who runs the Railway Tavern in Dereham, Norfolk said he had capacity for 500 supporters to watch the games which kick off on Thursday.

The investment has cost him about £5,000, but he said he was confident England would do well this time around.

“We’ve got no expectations unlike four years ago, so I think England could surprise us this time,” he said.

“We are guaranteed three games; four would be a bonus; and if we get to the semi-finals, well, after that it could be England’s,” he added.

The covered grandstand, which has been put up in the pub’s car park, will enable fans to watch the matches on sixteen 90-inch screens.

Mr Sandford said some local residents, including stores nearby, had offered land for car parking.

The pub, which ran the event on a much smaller scale four years ago, said it would have a sensible drinking policy in force.

Brazil: Bodies found at the foot of Rio’s Sugar Loaf mountain

Rescue teams in Brazil have retrieved the bodies of six people from coastal rocks at the foot of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Sugar Loaf mountain.

Police believe the bodies are of criminals who took part in shootouts that brought panic to residents on Friday and Saturday.

The incidents took place in the Urca neighbourhood, considered one of the safest and most exclusive in Rio.

The Sugar Loaf cable car services had to be suspended for two hours.

The unprecedented move left more than 100 tourists trapped at the top of the mountain for two hours, while police exchanged fire with suspected drug traffickers on nearby mountains.

Rio residents have become used to daily incidents of violence, including shootouts on its more than 800 shantytowns or favelas.

But this is the first such incident in the Urca area of Rio, an upmarket peninsula where two prestigious military academies and an army barracks are based.

Police say the gangs involved in the shootouts have been fighting for weeks for control of drug trafficking selling points on the neighbouring Babilônia favela.

A man was arrested in the operation, several weapons were seized and a policeman was injured by shrapnel from a hand grenade.

Violence has been on the rise across Brazil for the past two or three years.

The country is going through one of the most enduring economic and political crises in its history.

The state of Rio de Janeiro has been particularly affected by the crisis, after a sharp drop in crucial oil revenues and a major corruption scandal.

Earlier this year, President Michel Temer deployed the armed forces in Rio to try to curb violence by criminal gangs.

Critics say the measure has had little impact and that violence is still out of control in Rio and other major Brazilian cities.

Shakira on her vocal problems: ‘I doubted I’d ever sing again’

After postponing her El Dorado tour for seven months due to vocal problems, Shakira finally hit the road last week with an athletic, hip-shaking show that encompassed more than 20 years of hits.

It’s the star’s first tour in seven years, after taking time out to start a family with her partner, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique.

Footage from the opening night in Hamburg showed the 41-year-old looking overwhelmed, clasping her hands to her chest as she acknowledged her long journey back to health.

“Last year was one of the most difficult times of my entire life,” she tells the BBC from Amsterdam. “Being back on stage has been so emotional.”

With the tour hitting London next week, the Colombian star took time out from her schedule to chat about how she’s stopped being narcissistic – and whether she understands the offside rule.

Hi Shakira, how are you?

I just woke up, can you believe it?! My kids are not with me so I’m allowed to sleep. I think the last time I slept this much was six years ago, before I had my first child.

How’s the tour going so far?

It feels like the first time. In the past, my experience on stage was a little different. A little more narcissistic. I was like, “Oh wow, they’re here for me – I’d better look good and sound good.”

But now it’s more like, “Man, I have this amazing opportunity to make the crowd smile. To make all those people, who’ve also had hardship in their own lives, happy.”

You had to postpone the tour because of a vocal haemorrhage. How bad was it?

It was actually more than a haemorrhage. It was like a vascular lesion. So you can imagine, there were times when I doubted I would ever be in front of a crowd again singing my songs.

Did you need surgery?

Miraculously, and contrary to everything the doctors predicted, I recovered naturally. They all foresaw surgery, but the lesion disappeared completely from my vocal cords.

That really is a miracle.

I remember praying. I had forgotten to pray for a while, but when you go through hardship you suddenly recover your faith! I was promising God if I could ever use my voice again, I would celebrate every night – and that’s what I’m doing.

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You’ve just released a single, Clandestino, which is your third duet with fellow Colombian star Maluma. What keeps you coming back for more?

I promise you, we try not to make new music, but it happens! We just can’t help it.

He came to Barcelona for a photo session so I said to him, “Listen, why don’t we get together in the studio and see what happens?” And in less than two hours we had two new songs.

But this one was the one. I was like, “Oh my God, this is it! This is as good as [2016 song] Chantaje!” And those are major words.

Because Chantaje spent 18 weeks at number one in Colombia, right?

Exactly. And it did like two billion views on YouTube. Crazy, crazy, unexpected numbers.

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Latin music is having a resurgence. Do you think it’s here to stay, or could it fade like the Latin explosion of the 1990s?

It depends on the artist. I think some artists are meant to stay and some will disappear. It always happens. It’s natural selection of the species.

But I don’t think of it as a boom in Latin music. I think the world is in a different place. Social media means it’s not only the radio that decides what’ll be a hit. It’s the people.

You once sang “I don’t understand football” [on 1998’s Inevitable]. Presumably that changed when you met your husband?

A little! I still get confused with offsides, though. Can you believe? Almost eight years with Gerard and I still don’t see the offsides quite well.

But everything else I understand. And I sometimes dare to give my opinion! Gerard thinks it’s very cute.

He’s about to head off to Russia for the World Cup. Will you see any of the matches?

I have tour dates up until 13 July, so if Spain makes it to the final I will have the opportunity to go. So they have to make it!

He made it to the final in 2010…

Exactly! He told me that year, “Listen, I’m going to win this World Cup. I’m going to get to the final just so I can see you one more time.” And he did it. He’s a man that keeps his word.

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The star helped her husband celebrate after FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in 2015
Last year, Fortune Magazine named you one of the world’s Top 50 leaders for your charity work. How important is that to you?

I have a huge commitment with education. It’s a commitment that started [when] I was 18 and I decided to create my own foundation to build schools in remote places in Colombia. That commitment obviously goes beyond anything that appears in a magazine. It’s something that lives and breathes in my heart.

Why education in particular?

I come from the developing world and that has marked me in so many ways. I was born and raised in a country where there’s huge social injustice and poverty and a lack of opportunities. So I feel education is the great transformational agent – the one thing that can change the fate of so many kids who are born poor and who, without the opportunity of an education, would probably die poor.

The one thing that can really break that cycle of poverty and bring new opportunities is education. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I’ve seen the transformation in families and entire communities when you bring a school to an area where there was nothing before.

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Shakira performed at President Obama’s inauguration
You’ve sat down with people like President Obama and President Santos of Colombia. Do they ever underestimate how informed you are about these issues?

I think they’re used to me by now! Bono once called me and said I’m the most vehement woman he’d ever met. I’m quite stubborn and every time I get the chance, I’m giving those [world leaders] a call and asking them to participate in projects.

Who’s most nervous in those meetings? Them or you?

I don’t know! I really don’t have an answer for that. But I’m not nervous any more, because I know exactly what I need out of these meetings.

Some politicians just want a photo op, but we’re asking for real things and a real commitment. It’s a huge responsibility to put pressure on our leaders to do their job.

And they don’t get the photo op unless they deliver, correct?

Exactly! That’s the carrot.

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I read that when you wrote your first English language album [2001’s Laundry Service] you studied Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan’s lyrics. Who do you look up to now?

I love [Coldplay’s] Chris Martin. I love his melodies and his production. He’s an artist with vision, which you don’t find every day. And that’s why he’s lasted so long, him and his band. They never disappoint.

And I’ll tell you something: he was so, so nice throughout those difficult months. He worried a lot about my voice, and he checked in on me every other day.

It’s great when friends come through in a crisis…

That is one of the nicest things I realised through my hardship – how important it is to have friends. And also my fans. They were praying every day in Colombia. They did Mass for me. I had groups of nuns and priests and all sorts of people praying for my voice every day. I didn’t know that I was loved like this.

When you’re an artist you usually feel that people, in a way, use you. You’re giving them what you want. But I think the relationship that has built with my fans over the years is a lot deeper than that. It makes me feel really valued and loved and that’s why I’m enjoying this new chapter of my life.

Shakira plays the O2 Arena in London on 11 June.

Trump at G7: Who’s who in Merkel’s photo?

Awkward moments were expected at the G7 summit and an Instagram post from the official account of German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have captured one of them.

Here’s a who’s who of the people pictured, and where they stand on the trade row that defined the summit.

1. Donald Trump, US president

Mr Trump shocked America’s allies – namely the EU, Mexico and Canada – when he recently announced a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from these countries. They are all threatening retaliatory measures and the rift overshadowed the summit, leaving the American president isolated at times. Mr Trump departed before the other leaders, and complained that America was “like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing”.

He then tore into Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a pair of tweets, calling him “very dishonest and weak” and attacking his “false statements” after Mr Trudeau reasserted his strong opposition to the US tariffs in a news conference.

2. John Bolton, US national security adviser

It’s been just three months since he was appointed President Trump’s top security adviser but John Bolton has already made an impact. One of the president’s arguments for the tariffs is on “national security grounds” – a view Mr Bolton has stridently backed.

3. Kazuyuki Yamazaki, Japanese senior deputy minister for foreign affairs

Promoted to the post in July 2017, he recently led a Japanese delegation to Pakistan and took part in joint talks between Japan, China and South Korea in Seoul about a proposed free trade agreement.

4. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister

He has come under increased pressure to join retaliatory measures against America’s tariffs. This puts him in a difficult position – he has tried hard to cultivate a warm relationship with President Trump and the two are said to have met at least 10 times since he was elected to the White House.

5. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japanese deputy chief cabinet secretary

The MP from Japan’s governing party once worked in the ministry of international trade and industry.

6. Angela Merkel, German chancellor

She has been at the forefront of talks to try to resolve differences at the summit, as is clear in this photo. Mrs Merkel apparently floated an idea to set up a mechanism to resolve trade disputes between the US and its allies on Friday. Asked during the summit about her relationship with President Trump, Mrs Merkel said the two leaders did not always agree but could talk to each other: “I can say that I maintain a very open and direct relationship with the American president.”

7. Emmanuel Macron, French president

He engaged in a Twitter spat with President Trump over the tariffs hours before the summit – leading some to question whether the blossoming “bromance” between the two was over. Despite this, they were seen to be on good terms, and President Macron’s team said his talks with Trump were “frank and robust”. However, following Mr Trump’s online outburst against Mr Trudeau, the French president issued a statement that “international co-operation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks”.

8. Theresa May, UK prime minister

In a telephone call last week, she told President Trump she found the US tariffs “unjustified and deeply disappointing”. But she also struck a more conciliatory tone at the summit, urging fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a possible trade war.

9. Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council

Mr Trump’s top economic adviser has defended the new tariffs and said his boss should not be blamed for trade tensions. After the summit, Mr Kudlow told CNN that the president and his team had gone to the summit “in good faith” but that Mr Trudeau had “stabbed us in the back” in his news conference.

French President Macron tweeted an image taken at about the same time as the photo, but from a different angle, showing just how densely packed the G7 leaders and their assistants were as they gathered around President Trump.

And another photo taken by Mr Trudeau’s official photographer Adam Scotti shows a slightly happier scene, with Mrs Merkel smiling with Mr Trump and Mr Trudeau seeming to laugh.

Mrs Merkel’s photo has taken off on social media, spawning all sorts of memes and funny caption contests.

The posture and confident body language of the powerful German leader were highlighted by many on Twitter, who said it was reminiscent of a schoolteacher telling off a naughty student (President Trump).

7 cosas que nunca debes dejar que un hombre te haga en la cama. Te odiarás a ti misma

Estar con tu pareja puede ser una de las mejores experiencias del mundo, sin embargo, por más amor que haya, existen ciertas cosas que jamás debes permitir que tu novio te haga.

¿Estás preparada para la verdad? Según una encuesta realizada a mujeres de todo el mundo, estas son las cosas que nunca debes permitir o terminarás odiándote a ti misma:

1.- Falta de higiene

La mayoría de las entrevistadas acordaron en esto: lo más “mata la pasiones” que existe, es un chico con mala higiene personal. Qué le huelan los pies, que tenga mal aliento o un olor feo en su “amiguito”, son detalles asquerosos que acaban con las ganas de cualquier mujer.

Así que ya lo saben chicos, si van a tener “acción”, dense un baño muy profundo, pues el más mínimo detalle de suciedad, terminará por arruinar el momento ¡Garantizado!

2.- Las flatulencias

Sí, es algo natural, pero definitivamente es algo muy poco romántico. Muchas lectoras acordaron que las flatulencias son lo peor que puede pasar durante esos momentos. Así que eviten comer muy pesado antes de “hacerlo”, no vaya a ser que las garnachas y los taquitos de frijol, hagan efecto en el momento menos indicado.

3.- Hacerlo “sin gorrito”

Hablando de errores comunes, “hacerlo sin gorrito” es uno de los peores.
Recuerda que no solo corres el riesgo de vivir un embarazo no deseado, sino de contagiarte de una enfermedad.

4.- Ser muy desesperado

Muchas chicas confesaron detestar a los hombres que se apresuran. Es decir, esos chicos que quieren “meterse a bañar sin calentar el agua”.

Recuerda, el juego previo es súper importante, las mujeres necesitan de besos y palabras antes de empezar, de otro modo, para las chicas es mucho más difícil terminar .

Por otro lado, un chico desesperado provoca desconfianza, pues sólo refleja una falta de experiencia que hará pensar a cualquier chica “¿Qué demonios hago aquí?”.

5.- Que no sepa cuándo callar

Otra cosa que puede arruinar hasta el mejor momento, es un chico que no se calle. Hombres, recuerden, para todo hay momento. Si tú y esa chica ya están listos, acaba con tu platica y ponte a hacer lo que tienes que hacer. Olvídate de las palabras.

6.- Estar viendo el celular

Sin duda, lo que más enoja a una mujer es que su chico le ponga más atención al celular que a la situación.

Estar distraído en otra cosa, cuando están a punto de hacerlo es un error fatal. Si tu novio lo hace, lo siento, significa que no eres tan especial para él.

7.- Hablar de la Ex o llamarla con otro nombre

¡Hombres! Si no quieren parecer unos idiotas, unos perdidos infantiles, no hablen de su ex novia NUNCA y por lo que más quieran evítense las comparaciones.

Otra cosa que puede joder completamente la relación es llamar con otro nombre a la chica con se está. Si no quieres recibir una bofetada calibre “llorarás”, no le digas otros nombres o apodos.

20 fotos de Scarlett Johansson que prueban que cada año se pone más buena

Todas las mujeres son simplemente hermosas, algunas por su personalidad, otras por su físico; sin embargo, existen algunas chicas que sencillamente se volaron la barda con su hermosura y perfección…

Tal es el caso de la guapa y sexy Scarlett Johansson, quien cada vez que aparece frente a las cámaras, nos vuelve a comprobar por qué es una de las mujeres más consentidas por todos los hombres.

Como nos encanta verte feliz, y a manera de homenaje, aquí te dejamos esta suculenta galería que te dejará como agua para chocolate.

Estas son 20 fotos de Scarlett Johansson que harán que Manuela regrese de inmediato. Que las disfrutes:



Scarlett nació el 22 de noviembre de 1984



Scarlett nació el 22 de noviembre de 1984



Inició su carrera a muy temprana edad. Su primer trabajo en la pantalla chica lo realizó a lo 5 años de edad.



Alcanzó la fama con su papel en la película ¨The Horse Whisperer¨ o ¨El Señor de los Caballos¨.



No sólo es actriz, en el año 2008 debutó como cantante con su álbum ¨Anywhere I Lay My Head¨.




Es considerada una de las mujeres más atractivas y deseadas de Hollywood, así como una de las solteras más deseadas.



A parte del cine y la música, Scarlett tiene una carrera impecable en el teatro.





Ella es la doble de Selena. Es más hermosa que la original

Recientemente la modelo Demi Rose decidió compartir nuevas fotografías a través de su cuenta de Instagram, en donde podemos verla con un vestido transparente que deja muy poco a la imaginación.


La modelo británica, famosa por sus espectaculares curvas y por su gran parecido con la cantante Selena Gomez, hizo muy felices a sus más de 4 millones de seguidores, luego de regalarnos un par de fotografías en donde demuestra toda su belleza.

En las fotos ella luce un vestido negro con transparencias y que hacen destacar su hermosa figura.